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Deadline-day: Manchester City busiest club as Roberto Mancini brings in five

By Mancunian Matters staff

Manchester City were the biggest dealers by far of the local clubs on deadline day as boss Roberto Mancini added five players to his squad.

Having secured the services of Jack Rodwell earlier in the window, Mancini brought in Scott Sinclair from Swansea City, goalkeeper Richard Wright on a free transfer, and joined up with former Inter Milan charge Maicon.

The Italian promised two more signings – also bringing in defender Matija Nastasic from Fiorentina and sealed the signing of superb midfielder Javi Garcia from Benfica.

The 25-year-old Spanish international joined City for an undisclosed fee and is looking to make his debut away to Stoke after next week’s international break.

Mancini was able to off-load some players too, with Nigel de Jong ending a three-and-a-half year stay at the Etihad after moving to AC Milan.

Roque Santa Cruz, who has rarely featured for City under Mancini, sealed a loan move to cash-strapped Spanish side Malaga while Dedryck Boyata will spend the season under former England manager Steve McClaren at FC Twente in Holland.

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle was able to strengthen his side to boost their efforts for an instant return to the Premier League with the signing of Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing on a season-long loan.

The Trotters were linked with the 23-year-old throughout the window and with Spearing seemingly not part of Brendan Rodgers’ plans, he made the move to the Reebok Stadium.

Both Manchester United and Wigan Athletic had quiet transfer deadline days, with the only business either side did was young players heading out on loan.

In League One, Bury let striker Andy Bishop join Blue Square Premier side Wrexham, while Oldham had a quiet deadline day.

Rochdale boss John Coleman was reunited with Bobby Grant, who signed a two-year deal from Scunthorpe, after the pair were together at Accrington Stanley.

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